Arts and Humanities
4:24 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Louisville Ballet Opens Season with 'Swan Lake'

The Louisville Ballet

The Louisville Ballet opens its new season with one of the most enduring stories in the classical dance repertoire. “Swan Lake” opens Friday in the Kentucky Center's Whitney Hall and runs for three performances through Saturday evening.

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Arts and Humanities
3:06 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Quick and Close to the Bone: Marrow Street Theatre Focuses on Short Plays

Patrick White's set for "The Gardeners" in May, Tim Faulkner Building.
Brian Hinds Marrow Street Theater

The one-act play is having a moment. Once a vital component of American theater, the form thrived as curtain-raisers before three-act productions in a time when audiences expected to spend hours at the theater on an evening out. Its  popularity has faded in recent years in favor of ten-minute plays, which abound in Louisville, but following a significant handful of recent local productions, three Louisville theater artists are committed to giving these shorter world premieres a permanent home, too. 

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Arts and Humanities
12:53 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

'New' Van Gogh Painting Identified; Was In A Norwegian Attic

Alex Ruger, director of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, at the unveiling Monday of Vincent Van Gogh's Sunset at Montmajour.
Olaf Kraak AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon September 9, 2013 11:15 am

A painting that had earlier been thought to be a fake and had been stored for decades in the attic of a Norwegian home has now been identified as a long-lost work by Vincent Van Gogh.

Sunset at Montmajour has been authenticated thanks to "extensive research into [its] style, technique, paint, canvas, the depiction, Van Gogh's letters and the provenance," Van Gogh Museum Director Axel Ruger says in a statement posted Monday by the Amsterdam museum.

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Arts and Humanities
3:33 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

REVIEW | 'Noises Off' Opens Actors' 50th Season with Laughs

Jeremy Lawrence playing Selsdon Mowbray playing a burglar in Actors Theatre's production of "Noises Off."
Credit Bill Brymer / Actors Theatre of Louisville

Actors Theatre of Louisville launched its 50th anniversary season last night with a rowdy champagne cork pop. Opening night of Michael Frayn’s crowd-pleasing backstage comedy “Noises Off” truly felt like a celebration of all that is fun about live theater.

With gently bawdy wit and some impressive feats of physical comedy, the play offers an insider’s laugh at the theater world, but its broad humor and endearing characters also make the show accessible to a general audience.  “Noises Off” runs in the Pamela Brown Auditorium through September 22.

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Arts and Humanities
5:07 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Failed State Inspection Delays Kentucky Center's Phone Upgrades

Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts.
Credit David Amsler / Flickr User

New cable placed throughout the Kentucky Center last year during a $100,000 telecommunications upgrades is going unused because it failed a state electrical inspection for safety reasons. 

Kentucky Center spokesperson Kim Baker says the cabling in question was deactivated after the inspector’s visit, is currently pending removal, and does not currently pose a safety risk. 

“It’s not live,” says Baker. “The advisement was to go ahead and disconnect the cable and disable it. That’s what we did.”

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Arts and Humanities
4:38 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Getting Technical: The Final Days of Rehearsal for Actors Theatre's 'Noises Off'

Production stage manager Pablo Holmes' command center for tech rehearsal. What's in all of those Altoid tins?
Credit Erin Keane / WFPL News

Friday, August 30 –  it's less than a week before "Noises Off" opens, and director Meredith McDonough  has an odd request for an actor who plans on shaving his beard that evening.

"Nathan, can I get less of your face?" 

Actors Theatre of Louisville last staged this backstage farce (often called “a love letter to the theatre”) in 1998. Then-artistic director Jon Jory directed, and McDonough was Jory’s directing assistant – not a bad gig to kick-start a career.  

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Arts and Humanities
2:00 pm
Mon September 2, 2013

Ali Center Hosts Exhibit of Iconic Motown Images

White 'protesters' picket Motown's "Hitsville U.S.A." offices in Detroit as part of Al Abrams' March on Hitsville publicity stunt, July 14, 1964
Credit Courtesy of Al Abrams

Motown Records founder Berry Gordy, Jr. hired fellow Detroit native Al Abrams in 1959 to serve as publicist for his fledgling record label. Abrams was 18 at the time, and Motown’s first employee.

“Present at the creation, so to speak,” says Abrams. “It was incredible. I’m surrounded by all these geniuses, people who are creating music left and right – artists, songwriters, producers. And I’m actually getting a paycheck for all of this, too. And I’m beginning to think I must be the luckiest kid in all of Detroit. And I probably was.”

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Mon September 2, 2013

Clifton Center Hosts Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Films

The Clifton Center opens its new season this week with a free screening of a documentary about environmental crises  across the United States. Canadian filmmaker Matthew Anderson’s “Fall and Winter” is part of the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers, a series of new films curated by SouthArts that tours the Southeast every year. The Clifton Center will screen six films from the tour this season.

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Arts and Humanities
2:13 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Poor Little Rich Girls: New Exhibit Explores American Debutante Tradition

Consuelo Vanderbilt in "Debutantes" by Jacob Heustis.
Credit Swanson Contemporary

Louisville artist Jacob Heustis was ten or twelve years old when he visited Harrodsburg’s Beaumont Inn, which had been a girls' finishing school during the 19th and early 20th century. In what used to be a dorm, he remembers something unusual about the room’s original window panes. 

“There were these little scrawled names scratched into the glass," Heustis recalls. "I don’t even remember what any of it said, I just remember names, numbers, dates, things like that. Later I found out they did it with their diamond rings.”

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Arts and Humanities
2:36 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

'Happiness, at a Cost': Art in the Fly-Over States at KMAC's 'The 7 Borders' Exhibit

"Pre-fab(ulous) Environments," Leticia Bajuyo, styrofoam and other materials.
Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft

Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft's exhibit "The 7 Borders," which explores the regional identity of Kentucky's seven border states, closes Sunday. But first, two of the artists will give talks on their work on Saturday at 1 p.m. Designer Mark Moskovitz and sculptor/installation artist Leticia Bajuyo will discuss the Midwest's influence on their work. 

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